Republican Virginia State Delegate Worked To Block Gay Judicial Nominee
Del. Bob Marshall (pictured) doesn’t believe Tracy Thorne-Begland should be on the court because he’s gay. Social conservatives got their way and Thorne-Begland was denied a judgeship on Richmond’s General District Court.
Thorne-Begland’s nomination for a judgeship on the General District Court in Richmond, where he has been a prosecutor for 12 years, had been approved by courts committees in the House and Senate.
But his nomination came under fire late last week, as the Family Foundation and Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, stoked fears that the 45-year-old attorney would allow his sexual orientation to influence his judicial decisions.
Republicans cast the 31 votes against Thorne-Begland. Ten Republican delegates abstained and 26 delegates, including a handful of Democrats, did not vote. Eight Republicans voted for Thorne-Begland.